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        Excellent experience with very good results, I am very happy and satisfied with the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz law firm I, especially Mr. Christopher Smith who at all times during the process of my case was very honest, correct and efficient. I highly recommend this firm and this attorney because they really made a big difference to the results in my case.

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        Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, PA was the only law firm who would take our car accident case. Andrea Pleimling Smith was very thorough, explained everything in a very detailed fashion, and was easy to reach when questions arose. She kept us informed every step of the way. Without her, we would have suffered a severe financial loss due to an accident which was not our fault. Florida’s No Fault law is terrible and very unfair. Andrea and her team were very helpful in recouping all of the money we were required to spend!

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        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

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        Southwest Florida Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

        Serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Lee County, Naples, Collier County,  Port Charlotte, and Charlotte County, FL

        Accidents happen every single day. Unfortunately, too many people suffer serious injury in accidents that should never have happened. In some of the worst of cases, people end up with spinal cord injuries.

        Odds are you are in recovery from a spinal cord injury after being seriously hurt in an accident if you are reading this page right now. Please know that if this was preventable, you deserve justice from whoever caused you to be suffering. This is a right that you are entitled to.

        Our Southwest Florida spinal cord injury lawyers want to help you get the justice you are entitled to.

        Get set up with a free consultation with us. You can tell us about your story. We can create a personalized plan with you to fight for your rights.

        We want to tell you about a client we once represented years ago who was in an accident. She suffered seriously injuries, including a spinal cord injury.

        Read until the end to learn about some mistakes you can avoid if you want a successful case like hers.

        Florida Spinal Cord Injury Client Story

        We have changed names and circumstances to protect our client’s identity.

        Jamie was a mother of three when she was involved in a terrible accident.

        It was early June when Jamie had her three kids in her car, each headed off to their own weekend activities.

        It was a crazy Saturday.

        Her oldest, Brad, was getting dropped off first at the diamonds just around the corner from their home. He was playing a tournament game that day.

        Her middle child, Aimee, was going to her archery lesson. She had just finished reading The Hunger Games and was determined to be a bow hunter. She was actually getting quite good. She would bring home her targets from the day. Jamie was impressed.

        Jamie’s youngest, Eli, was going to a friend’s house for the day. It was Ethan’s birthday party. Jamie had to pack a lunch for him because she was sure Ethan’s mother would forget about Eli’s soy allergy.

        It was quite often that Jamie found herself feeling like a chauffeur. This was hard work. It was also mostly thankless.

        After she dropped each of her kids off at their respective activities, she drove to quiet side street to park the car and rest her eyes.

        She was only going to have about a half hour until she needed to head back to go fetch Aimee from her archery lesson. They were going to meet Brad back at his game and hopefully take him out to celebrate.

        Before she closed her eyes to doze, she set an alarm on her phone for 25 minutes.

        Jamie fell into a half sleep state. Her head still spun with chores she still hadn’t gotten to this weekend. 

        She woke to an ear splitting crashing sound.

        In the split second she realized someone crashed into her, she screamed.

        Someone coming from an intersection was on their cell phone and did not realize they were headed to a T shaped intersection.

        With Jamie being parked adjacent to the stop sign the driver missed, she struck in her driver’s side door.

        As the crunching sound came to a stop, Jamie tried to get herself unbuckled and out of her seat but she found that she was not able to move.

        Sheer panic set in as the driver of the car who crashed into her came running to her.

        “Oh, God! Are you okay?” the woman screamed at Jamie, her eyes wide with horror.

        “I can’t move, I can’t move,” Jamie said back to her.

        The woman called the ambulance. While she was on the phone, Jamie heard her say in a panicked voice, “Please hurry! There’s so much blood!”

        Jamie realized that the wetness she felt on her face was probably blood. Her head was spinning. She must have bashed her head on the steering wheel.

        As she waited for the ambulance to arrive, her phone alarm went off…

        My babies! is the only thought she could think. She was so worried she was dying, leaving her kids motherless.

        Jamie was rushed to the local ER in a matter of minutes.

        In the back of the ambulance, she cried to the EMS to call her husband.

        Her husband, Ken, had his parents pick up the kids to take them to their place while he met Jamie at the hospital.

        Jamie suffered a spinal cord injury in the accident. She needed surgery as well as a lot of follow up care. She was, however, not paralyzed forever.

        She felt lucky to be alive, but she was so angry that the driver’s moment of carelessness was going to cost her family so much.

        After consulting with her husband, they decided they were going to bring a case.

        They found us on the internet and after a phone call to our office, they were set up with a free consultation.

        If you are in a similar position that Jamie was, you probably have very similar questions she had during our first meeting. Here is what we told her:

        How do these cases work?

        Jamie was someone who needed to know the plan for everything. Before the accident, she had her life planned down to the minute. It was natural that she wanted to know what lay ahead of her, especially in such an uncertain time.

        We told her that she could expect to hand over all of her worries about this case to us. She already went through the hardest part of this case on her end. She made the call to set up a consultation. We would handle the rest.

        “I really don’t think I can just not think about the case, though,” she told us.

        “Of course you will be updated about the goings on of your case,” we explained, “You can stay informed every step of the way.”

        We handle everything for our clients so they can focus on themselves.

        Jamie had a long recovery ahead of her. There was a lot of adjusting that needed to happen. She and Ken needed to figure out what normal looked like for them while she got back on her feet.

        Hearing from us that she would not have to worry about handling this case was a relief for her.

        What are your fees for your representation?

        Jamie had a notebook with her during our free consultation. She was scribbling down figures in front of her when she said, “I’m working around a fairly tight budget here. What are your fees to have you take on my case?”

        We were glad to tell her that she need not worry about fitting in a payment for us in her family budgeting.

        Our Southwest Florida spinal cord injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we do not get paid unless we win your claim.

        You will never have to pay us anything upfront or out of pocket to retain our service.

        The money we spend on your case gets absorbed by the law firm.

        When we win cases, we take a small portion of the winnings. This goes towards paying your attorney. It also covers any of the expenses that were necessary in the process of building your case.

        When should I expect results?

        Jamie was a very fast paced person. She was used to being needed in four places at once. She almost always made it work. Because she had three kids between the ages of 7 and 14, she knew that life was not always going to be smooth or linear.

        When she asked us when we thought the case to resolve, you could see she had no true expectations.

        We told her it all depended on her recovery.

        We needed to know when she reached maximum medical improvement.

        From there, we would be able to know what her case was worth.

        We told her that rushing into a settlement with the insurance company almost always meant that you were going to end up with less than what you deserved.

        “We certainly don’t want that,” she said.

        Like a lot of clients we have, Jamie had no qualms about holding the liable party responsible. After all, it was their negligence that caused a massive hiccup in her life.

        She knew she deserved to have full results. She was willing to wait for it.

        We were encouraged by her patience.

        After a challenging recover that Jamie toughed it through, we were happy to be by her side the day she was given her compensation award in the fullest.

        We hope that you have that same day of victory.

        We can help you get started down that path today when you call to set up your free consultation.

        Spinal Cord Injury Claim Mistakes to Avoid

        With anything in life, there are things you should not be doing. The same thing goes for personal injury cases.

        When you are bringing a case against a liable party for a spinal cord injury, you need to be aware of some mistakes to avoid. Here is what you should know if you want to have a successful claim.

        Trusting the Insurance Company is a Mistake

        If you have ever watched  primetime television in your life, you have probably seen a hilarious commercial for a huge insurance company. They spend a ton of money making these marketing campaigns that show them as trustworthy.

        It’s no wonder so many people think that they can put their trust in the insurance companies to provide them with justice for their case.

        Do not fall for that. They are not there to help you win. They only want to save themselves money on your case. It is a greedy thing that they do. You should not give up anything to help them.

        In fact, do not speak to them at all. If they call you asking for a statement about the accident, don’t fall for their act. They don’t want to get you results. They want you to say something that would allow them to throw away your case or reduce your award.

        You have no legal obligation to speak to them. You have every right to hang up the phone on them. Let your lawyers handle them.

        Delaying Seeing a Doctor

        Adrenaline is a powerful thing. It can mask even spinal cord injury pain. Don’t let this lure you into a false sense of security. Get yourself to a doctor right away.

        You should also never try to tough out the pain. There is no pride in making your injuries worse because you want to try to sleep them off. It is foolish to let pain go unchecked.

        Also, any delay in seeing a doctor would raise the suspicions of the insurance company.

        If they caught wind that you waited even a week to get to the doctor, they will attempt to tear your case to shreds. It is motivation for them to claim you lied about your injuries.

        They do not need any more reason to deny you of the justice you deserve. They are in a greedy business that does not care about the suffering of people like you.

        Do not give them power over you.

        Ignoring Follow-up Care from Your Doctor

        We would hope that anyone with as bad an injury as a spinal cord injury would hang onto every word that their doctor said. However, we know that not everyone is going to be so obedient when their doctor tells them to slow down.

        Jamie was someone who needed to practice serious self control when her doctor told her to rest as much as she could. With a house so full of a demand of her, it was hard. Still, she did it because the alternative was a longer recovery period.

        We don’t want your recovery to last any longer than it has to.

        Listen to everything that your doctor tells you. They really are looking out for your best interests.

        The insurance company would love nothing more than for you to skip physical therapy. That means they can reduce the value of your claim by saying you’re not as hurt as you claim to be if you’re not receiving follow-up care.

        Do not give them any more leverage over your case. They do not deserve to have the upper hand.

        Take care of yourself, first and foremost.

        You deserve to make sure your health is the number one priority after your accident.

        Delaying Reaching Out to a Lawyer

        Something you should know about spinal cord injury cases is that you do not have forever to file your claim. You are limited by law to four years from the date of your accident to file your claim. This is known as your statute of limitations.

        If you tried to bring your claim after that four year deadline, you would be barred from receiving compensation.

        Also, you should note that there are consequences to waiting to hire a lawyer. Your evidence can easily go missing. Your witnesses can forget key details about the accident.

        These are all things that can seriously hurt our case. The insurance company would love for you to wait a few weeks to call a lawyer. It gives them plenty of time to let some things go missing.

        The sooner you reach out to our Southwest Florida spinal cord injury lawyers, the better.

        All you need to do to get started is pick up the phone. Call us right away to set up your free initial consultation.

        Choosing the Wrong Lawyer

        You might not know how to best select the right lawyer for your spinal cord injury case.

        Think of it this way, if you were searching for the right person to perform spinal cord surgery for you, you would be searching for someone with the right experience. You would not be looking for someone who specializes in heart surgery.

        A great heart surgeon does not make a great spinal surgeon.  

        This is the same thing for someone working with personal injury cases.

        Although someone might be a great divorce attorney that does not mean that they are going to make a great personal injury lawyer.

        Select a lawyer who has handled spinal cord injury cases.. Make sure they have a long list of stories to tell about the success they have brought for clients in your shoes.

        You need to know that you can trust them to handle your case.

        This is your one and only opportunity to receive justice for your damages and injuries.

        When you are up against these high stakes, you need to have the best possible person to guide you to victory.

        Call Our Southwest Florida Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Today

        When you have suffered a spinal cord injury, we hope that you reach out to our lawyers right away. Getting a free consultation is as easy as picking up the phone. You deserve justice. We know to get it for you. Get on the path to justice today.

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        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

        Nick A.

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